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    Increase in the number of thefts of black cocker Spaniels because of Kate and William's dog Lupo

    NewsUK Dog NewsFriday 27 September 2013
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    A warning to all of our black cocker spaniel owners; there has been an increase in the number of thefts in this specific breed and colour after Prince William and Kate got their cock spaniel Lupo in December 2011.
     
    Since the Royal couple received their dog, the breeds popularity has completely skyrocketed. Unfortunately there has been an adverse affect and now there has been an increase of thefts with dogs who resemble Lupo.
     
    A professional pet detective named Colin Butcher said that he is investigating a record number of stolen Lupo lookalikes which he believes have been targeted by specific criminal gangs who want to cash out on the “craze”.
     
    He said that they were looking for 13 and have recovered five in the past 12 months.
    'They are the tip of the iceberg, as a lot of people probably don’t realise that their dog has been stolen. Many may think they have been run over or just gone astray.'
    'It is not travellers or thieves that are for the most part responsible, but organised gangs who have people who want these dogs.'

    The popularity of certain breeds can flourish quickly an d respectable breeders often do not wish to meet the new demand. This therefore leads people to try to acquire the dog’s illegally and if the demand is there the supply will follow.
     
    The total number of dog thefts has rocketed to 3,500 a year which is up 17%. It was the black cocker spaniel which topped the list. These can sell for up to £1,000. Police also believe bitches are being stolen for the purpose of breeding new cocker spaniel puppies to sell.
     
    The duchess was given Lupo as an early Christmas present by her parents and is now a regular fixture of Royal Life. Lupo even appeared in the first official photograph of Prince George.
     
    As a general reminder, always remember to get your dog microchipped. This can come in useful if your dog is lost or stolen and one day visits a veterinary clinic.
     
    Source: Daily Mail
     
    Photo: Wikipedia
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